The pinks and tans of Tome's Spring 2014 collection helps ease the blow of the hard-hitting inspiration behind the collection - Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. Rather than making some social statement, this really is more about materials processing and craft, as the following press notes explain.
S14 is a meditation on the visceral oeuvre of Ana Mendieta; her pagan woman, immersed in the elements. Her practice of creating art that is carved from the earth inspired the techniques explored through fabrics of the season. Tweed is shredded into strips and reconstructed; python skins float on tulle; embroidery from slashed pieces of chiffon is hand-tacked into pagan symbols. A palate of pinks and pale flesh tones in silk crepe, lace and floral brocade contrast these sharp treatments in a combination of femininity and brashness. Metallics and reflective surfaces bring a feeling of protection against the elements.